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Forum topic by BigD1 posted 06-30-2010 08:33 PM 1443 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2010 08:33 PM

Okay my fellow saw dusters…..I’m hearing a difference of opinion on storing lumber. As difficult as it is to build a rocket, you can only store lumber laying are standing. So what is best. At this point I’m 70% for laying and 30% for standing. BigD1

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 06-30-2010 08:51 PM

I’ve always heard laying is better but I don’t know why.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 06-30-2010 09:25 PM

I’ve always just assumed laying is better… same principle as paper… but I can’t say I’ve put that much thought into it either.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 06-30-2010 09:32 PM

the bigest disadvantages to storing vertically are that if the board leans against something, this would encourage bowing and if you put the lumber on a surface (like concrete) that is porous, it could absorb moisture on one end and not the other.

the biggest disadvantages to horizontal storage is that it usually takes up more space and is harder to flip through a stack to see the boards you have available.

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#4 posted 06-30-2010 10:00 PM

The best way to store lumber is horizontally at somebody else’s place. That way there’s no bowing problem and no space issue…at least not for you. -SST

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#5 posted 06-30-2010 10:06 PM

I agree with SST but, I store mine on a rack…flat

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 12:59 AM

If the wood is fresh cut, storing vertically is the best practice. I have been doing this for many years. The planks will have much less checking. I am talking about air drying wood.

A storage rack that has horizontal supports every three feet works just fine.

There are other methods for making frames that allow one to stack the boards vertically on edge side by side on opposing sides. Makes it easier to select boards but takes up more space.

Stacking horizontally is fine if the wood is already dry. But, it still is best to put thin stickers between each plank to have a good balance of air moving around the boards. And, always store wood over a dry surface whether it be heavy plastic, concrete, or other protective surface.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#7 posted 07-02-2010 08:24 AM

In an attempt to “Organize” my Shop a little better, about six months ago, I decided I needed something to allow me to get to various Boards that were all stacked on top of each other. That’s the Main Reason I duplicated what you see below. I’d be pleased to give Credit to Who/Wherever I got the pictures from but they are a year old.

However! They are intended to be Lumber Driers. VERY easy to make the Jig & They Cut like “Hard Butter”.

They’re ABS/DWV Plumbing Pipe. The “Jig” for cutting them is just a piece of 1”x4”x4 Foot Piece Of Pine and the “Holding Piece” is from Scrap 1”x4” Glued and Screwed in from the bottom. Clamped to the Band Saw Table for Cutting. Obviously you can cut them to whatever Length best suits your Purpose.

Hope this is of some use to you. Rick

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